Bears post 4-3 win over the Seminoles
WACO – Baylor men’s tennis outlasted Florida State on Sunday, posting a 4-3 win over the Seminoles at the Hurd Tennis Center in Waco. With the win, the Bears earned the qualifying berth for the ITA National Team Indoor Championship which begins on Feb. 17 in Charlottesville, Va.
The four-hour match saw freshman Marko Krickovic clinch the doubles point with his partner Robert Verzaal on court one and then clinched the match for the Bears with a win at No. 3 singles.
Mate Zsiga and Roberto Maytin were the first winners for BU when they won 8-1 at No. 2 doubles then Krickovic and Verzaal won their match, 8-4, to claim the doubles point.
The top of the lineup proved to be the Bears’ strength on Sunday as Mate Zsiga, Roberto Maytin and Krickovic all posted wins.
In singles, each team alternated winning matches. FSU’s Benjamin Lock, playing at No. 6, got the Seminoles on the board with a victory over Julian Bley, 6-2, 6-1. Baylor countered when Maytin posted a 6-5, 7-5 straight-set win at No. 2, but Florida State evened it again with a 1-6, 6-0, 6-3 victory over Verzaal on court four. Zsiga, playing at No. 1, put the Bears up 3-2 by downing Jordan Kelly-Houston, 7-5, 7-6 (7-2).
At that point the Bears needed just one point from the two remaining matches on, courts three and five. On No. 5, Kike Grangeiro had dropped the first set 7-5 but bounced back to win the second 6-3. In the third set, Grangeiro had several match points but failed to capitalize and lost 7-5. This tied up the match at three apiece.
That left if on the shoulders of Krickovic. Playing at No. 3, the freshman had won the first set 6-2, but lost the second stanza 7-5. After Crisitan Gonzalez got out to a 3-1 third-set lead, Krickovic won three straight games to move to 4-3, Gonzalez countered with a game win but Krickovich took the last two games to claim victory for the Bears.
“It was a good win, I thought our guys did a good job at the end. Marko came through which is awesome, it was the first time for him to be on as the last match which was a unique opportunity, he handled it great. I thought Florida State did an amazing job. Everyone in the country coming into this weekend thought they were the third-best team and they showed that they might have been the best team here, we were lucky to win,” said head coach Matt Knoll.
With the win, the eighth-ranked Bears halted No. 42 Florida State’s seven-match win streak, Baylor is now 3-1 while the Seminoles fall to 7-1.
Baylor is idle until Feb. 14, when they travel to Dallas to take on UT-Arlington at 5 p.m.